chapter  13
34 Pages

Organisational Change and Development

ByJos Marcus, Nick van Dam

Organisational adjustments to match one’s environment come in many forms, such as manufacturing different products, implementing an updated organisational structure, reward system, or information system, or refocussing efforts towards other markets. Since the 1950s, increased turbulence and decreased stability around and within organisations has meant increased attention to organisational change and ways of managing change processes. The Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations are meant to end poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030. Adaptation comes with change, both for the organisation and for its employees. The acceleration, impact, and complexity of change are becoming ever greater. The initial response to the increased turbulence and decreased stability inside and outside of organisations since 1950 led to a sharp increase in the attention to internal organisational change and the methods for managing processes. Once the changes have been put into effect, they are locked into place.